Protecting jobs through better biosecurity

The Victorian Government is protecting Victoria’s international reputation as a clean, green producer of food and fibre.

A two year commitment of $44.4 million, included as part of the Victorian Budget 2017/18, will maintain Victoria’s crucial agricultural biosecurity, protecting access to international markets, and supporting regional jobs.

The funds will support Agriculture Victoria to secure overseas market access for farmers and continue to protect Victoria from invasive pests and diseases.

An additional $19.2 million over four years will go towards a ten-year national plan to eradicate the invasive red imported fire ant.

The ant can cause significant damage, placing the health of livestock, farm workers, and the environment at risk.

It was first detected in Brisbane in 2001.

The Victorian Government will also continue its support for the implementation of electronic tagging in sheep and goats, helping producers reduce any risks to meat and wool trade.

The funding reflects the Victorian Government’s determination to rebuild Victoria’s agricultural biosecurity system.

“Victoria’s primary producers continue to punch well above their weight. They’re doing their part – it’s up to the Victorian Government to do ours,” Victorian Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford said.

“By investing in biosecurity, we’re protecting Victoria’s clean, green reputation and the livelihood of thousands of Victorian farmers.

“We’re taking action because we know that strong biosecurity means a strong agricultural sector.”